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Understanding Rebel Governance through Liberia's Civil War

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  • Date Published: November 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107108219

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  • Rebel groups exhibit significant variation in their treatment of civilians, with profound humanitarian consequences. This book proposes a new theory of rebel behavior and cohesion based on the internal dynamics of rebel groups. Rebel groups are more likely to protect civilians and remain unified when rebel leaders can offer cash payments and credible future rewards to their top commanders. The leader's ability to offer incentives that allow local security to prevail depends on partnerships with external actors, such as diaspora communities and foreign governments. This book formalizes this theory and tests the implications through an in-depth look at the rebel groups involved in Liberia's civil war. The book also analyzes a micro-level dataset of crop area during Liberia's war, derived through remote sensing, and an original cross-national dataset of rebel groups.

    • Proposes a new theory of rebel group behavior and cohesion, which is parsimonious and rooted in organizational theory
    • A variety of methods such as game theory, statistics, remote sensing, and rigorous fieldwork are used to develop and test the theory, providing examples of how diverse methods can be applied for testing purposes
    • Describes previously unknown events and characteristics in Liberia's civil war which will be of interest to regional specialists and practitioners
    • The first study to track changes in crop area, measured through satellite imagery, to examine insecurity during war, allowing readers to benefit from the methods developed and to understand the potential for applying them more broadly in social science
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107108219
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Rebel Organization:
    1. Understanding rebel organizations
    2. Leaders, commanders, and soldiers
    3. External patrons
    Part II. Liberia's Civil War:
    4. An overview of Liberia
    5. Inside the NPFL
    6. ULIMO and its offspring
    7. Analyzing civilian security during Liberia's war
    Part III. Beyond Liberia:
    8. Rebel abusiveness and factionalization
    9. Conclusion
    Appendix A. Fieldwork in Liberia
    Appendix B. Interviews.

  • Author

    Nicholai Hart Lidow, Somalia Stability Fund
    Nicholai Lidow received his PhD from the Department of Political Science, Stanford University, California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. His work focuses on rapid data collection and analysis in challenging environments, such as conflict areas. Lidow has a decade of research experience in Liberia, most recently during the Ebola epidemic, and has also worked in DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Somalia. He is currently a research analyst at Premise Data Corporation and an advisor to the Somalia Stability Fund.

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